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Term time holiday ban for Isle of Man school

Ramsey Grammar School Image copyright Google
Image caption Ramsey Grammar School educates children from the north of the island

Parents of pupils at a secondary school on the Isle of Man have been banned from taking their children out of school for holidays during term time.

In a letter to parents, head teacher of Ramsey Grammar School Annette Baker said future requests would be refused.

Figures from the island's education department show a correlation between poor attendance and lower GCSE grades.

Ms Baker said she had become "increasingly concerned" by the number of pupils missing lessons.

The letter said only 16% of students whose attendance was below 91% achieved exams results in the A*-C bands.

'Danger zone'

The Department of Education, Sport and Culture introduced island-wide rules on holidays during term time a decade ago, but allowing absences for limited periods has remained at the discretion of head teachers.

The department said pupils who have attendance records of 80%, which equates to missing two months of school, are in the "danger zone".

In the letter Ms Baker said: "Requests for term time leave of absence for a holiday will definitely not be authorised unless circumstances are exceptional."

The new school policy will be enforced from September 2019.

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